A quite terrible update on pollution from stripper wells in Colorado (and what you can do about it)

January 13, 2022 • Andrew Klooster
In August last year, we shared video evidence of pollution occurring at oil and gas facilities in CO that produce only minimal amounts of oil and gas. Industry and regulators in Colorado call these operations “stripper wells.” At that time,… More »

UPDATE: An end-of-year update on chronic pollution in Colorado

December 10, 2021 • Andrew Klooster
In May of this year, we shared the story of the Prospect Energy Krause MSSU Central Tank Battery, a chronically polluting facility in Larimer County near where local residents have been suffering health impact for years. The problems with this… More »
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Earthworks comments to Colorado AQCC Commissioners re rule efficacy

November 15, 2021 • Andrew Klooster

Field Notes: From the Colorado Front Range, September 2021

October 26, 2021 • Andrew Klooster
A Reality Check   In early September we conducted fieldwork in the Front Range on 2-3 and 9-11 September. We investigated 57 oil and gas facilities, including well pads that are currently drilling or fracking, low-producing stripper well facilities, and… More »

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Field Notes: What we know — pollution from marginal and inactive wells

August 4, 2021 • Andrew Klooster
Colorado has a problem with pollution from oil and gas wells–including neglected and poorly maintained ones that produce very little or fluctuate between producing and sitting inactive for months on end. Another problem is that nobody can say just how… More »

Comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revised intended Air Quality Designations for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Colorado

July 21, 2021

CDPHE hires Earthworks Field Advocate Nathalie Eddy

July 1, 2021 • Jennifer Krill
Yesterday the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced to their staff that our energy field manager Nathalie Eddy will next month take a leadership role in CDPHE’s new environmental justice program as Air Quality Environmental Justice Liaison. A… More »
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Statement on CDPHE’s hire of former Earthworks Field Advocate Nathalie Eddy

July 1, 2021
Background: On June 30, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced the hire of former Earthworks Colorado and New Mexico Field Advocate Nathalie Eddy to the role of Air Quality Environmental Justice Liaison in the state agency’s… More »

A case study for Gov. Polis: Do more to stop oil & gas pollution in Colorado

May 26, 2021 • Andrew Klooster
Oil & gas pollution must stop in Colorado. The Polis administration has made promises, but to keep them the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) must do far, far better to protect health and climate. This is a… More »

Earth Day Impact: Support Frontline Communities

April 22, 2021 • Sophie Shemas
As vaccines started to roll out this spring, several of our field advocates have been able to safely travel within their states and use our optical gas imaging cameras to make visible the normally invisible air pollution from oil and… More »
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The Greenhouse Gas Inventory underestimates emissions

April 15, 2021
Background: The EPA has just released its annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks that has tracked climate pollution reported by different industries since1990. The US. GHG Inventory contains data by facility and location, and is used by policymakers and… More »
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Commissioners put people above industry in Larimer County

April 14, 2021
Background: On April 13th, the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to extend the current one-month moratorium on all new oil and gas permits until September 15th as they work to update local oil and gas regulations. Statement by… More »

Field Notes: From the Colorado Front Range, March 2nd-4th, 2021

April 5, 2021 • Andrew Klooster
Following our recent fieldwork in late January, Earthworks’ CO field staff returned to many of the same communities in the Front Range. Frontline residents remain concerned about new fracking facilities that are entering pre-production and the continued health impacts from… More »
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Comments to Colorado Regulators on Oil and gas Financial Assurance Rulemaking

March 16, 2021 • Nadia Steinzor, Senior Policy and Research Analyst

Field Notes: From the Colorado Front Range, January 26th-28th 2021

February 12, 2021 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-authored by Nathalie Eddy, Interim Field Manager and NM Field Advocate; and Andrew Klooster, CO Field Advocate. Earthworks’ CO field staff visited more than half a dozen communities along the I-25 corridor north of Denver and captured… More »